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Nancy Chambers and Babs Lewis came to Aiken from Columbia to check out the 2018 Aiken Antique Show. This year's show will be Feb. 1-3 at the Aiken Center for the Arts on Laurens St. in downtown Aiken.

In February, the Aiken Antique Show will celebrate its 20th year of offering an exciting show and sale of beautiful antiques, according to a news release from Alison South.

One of the Southeast’s most distinctive events, the Aiken Antique Show will be held Feb. 1-3 and will feature vintage pieces for gardens in addition to high quality antique furniture, paintings, lighting, jewelry and rugs. Visitors will be able to engage with antiques dealers from throughout the Southeast during the show and sale.

The show and sale will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 1-2 and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 3.

Tickets are $15 per person and are good for all three days. The show and sale will be in the Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St. S.W. in downtown Aiken.

All proceeds from the Aiken Antique Show will benefit the Aiken Center for the Arts.

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Meg Ferguson fell in love with the antique mortar and pestle she saw at the 2018 Aiken Antique Show. This years show will be Feb. 1-3 at the Aiken Center for the Arts on Laurens Street in downtown Aiken.

The Aiken Antique Show and Sale will welcome 22 dealers from across the Southeast. A sample of their offerings will include English, American, French and Italian furnishings; silver and gold plate; rare books and prints; original art work; sporting art; fine porcelains and linens; estate jewelry; antique garden ornaments; and much more.

A Collectors and Cocktails Preview Party will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Jan. 31 and will offer patrons an opportunity to preview and purchase items in a festive atmosphere, according to the release.

Tickets to the Preview Party are $60 per person or $50 per person for members of the Aiken Center for the Arts. Preview Party tickets include admission to the show and participation in the drawing for two $1,000 shopping sprees at the show sponsored by York Cottage Antiques.

Tickets can be purchased at the Aiken Center for the Arts or online at www.AikenAntiqueShow.com.

Two antique specialists will give presentations before the start of the day Feb. 1 and 2.

From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Feb. 1, Daniel K. Ackermann, the curator of the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts at Old Salem Museums and Gardens, will present “American Makers: Why Things Still Matter in the Digital Age.”

His presentation will explore the forces that made early America a fertile ground for innovation and for the American identity as creators and makers. The stories told by their objects remain relevant. He will show how the trade shops at historic sites, television shows, social media and even YouTube videos carry the lessons of America’s early innovators into the antique shows and marketplaces of the 21st century.

From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Feb 2, Kirk Moore, the historian and garden designer for Oakleaf Highlands, will speak on “The Art of the Garden,” which celebrates gardens at selected Relais & Chateaux hotels.

Moore’s presentation will illustrate the wonders of formal and informal gardens as he shares stories about the making of his chapter on “The Old Edwards Inn from The Art of the Garden,” according to the release. His talk will focus on “flora contain’d,” including examples of selected 18th- and 19th-century floral and horticultural containers and their stories.

The cost of each presentation is $20 and includes admission to the show the day of the presentation.

During the show, the Collectors’ Cafe will feature signature soups, salads, sandwiches, daily specials and desserts – all homemade by the best in Aiken, according to the release.

The cafe will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 1-2 and from noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 3. Drinks and desserts only will be sold from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 1-2.

On Feb. 3, the show will offer a special Bloody Mary bar, featuring Seaside Grown Bloody Mary Mix courtesy of Barbara Sue and Brad Brodie.

The Aiken Antique Show is a fundraising event to support the Aiken Center for the Art’s mission to inspire, engage and educate by providing unique visual and performing arts experiences for all ages.

For 46 years, the Aiken Center for the Arts, a nonprofit, has been a home for aspiring artists to create, teach and learn. Its programs include art classes for youth and adults; gallery space for local, regional and national artists to exhibit their work; arts and cultural performances, including theater, dance, lecture and film; and the Aiken Youth Orchestra, a strings and orchestral program for Aiken County youth.

The Aiken Center for the Arts is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information, call the Aiken Center for the Arts at 803-641-9094 or visit aikencenterforthearts.org.

Larry Wood covers education for the Aiken Standard.